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Clarity on Transitional Arrangements

"Labour Leave welcomes the recognition at the top of the party that clarity is needed on Brexit. A transitional agreement is now – unfortunately - largely unavoidable due to the manner in which both the government and the EU have conducted negotiations thus far.

What is key, however, is that any transitional agreement is strictly time limited and should be no longer than two years. If withdrawal cannot be negotiated in four years when Article 50 specifies it can be achieved in two, then something is seriously amiss.

More concerning is Kier Starmer's claim that Labour may seek to make such transition permanent. Not only would this make sections of Labour's own manifesto impossible to implement, it would represent a substantial U turn from the party leader. To campaign on a "fudge" for the purpose of gaining votes only to then back 'soft Remain' would be considered a serious betrayal by many current and former Labour voters - of whom nearly 4m voted Leave.

Holding out the prospect of permanent soft Remain status only gives the EU further encouragement to delay, obfuscate and ultimately give Britain the worst deal possible. It would be unwise to think that voters won't recognise these risks. The danger is that the Labour Party will then be blamed by the electorate if we finish up with a deeply unsatisfactory outcome to the Brexit negotiations.

Labour Leave shares a number of viewpoints from external commentators, both Leave and Remain, without necessarily endorsing any of the viewpoints therein.

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Labour Leave will campaign to achieve a fair deal from Brexit negotiations. We recognise the will of the UK public and will hold the government and the Labour Party to account.

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